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Buttercups 0-3 years

An Overview of the 2020-2021 Curriculum Year

Family Guide

926E East Industrial Drive Dickinson, ND 58601

2020-2021 Activity Schedule
Unit Themes Colors/Shapes
October 2020
All About Me
Fasten Up
Dino Time
Let’s Pretend
December 2020
Happy Harvest
Manners Matter
Kids in the Kitchen
Holiday Hoopla
February 2021
Mitten Magic
Rockin’ Rhymes
Feeling Fantastic
Tropics in Winter
April 2021
Wacky Weeks
Egg-citing Changes The Joy of Art Nurture Nature
May/June 2021 Nests and Hives
Little Bookworms
Construction Zone
Fun at the Fair
August 2021
America the Beautiful
Fishing Fun
Summer Discoveries
1, 2, 3, Review with Me


Welcome to FunShine Express!

Your child’s teacher/child care provider will be offering a wide range of stimulating activities this year through our professionally designed Buttercups® curriculum program. The Buttercups program is for ages 0-3. Curriculum activities are designed to address established early learning goals and standards throughout the United States.

Benefits for Your Child:

Our curriculum:

  • Build enthusiasm for life-long learning
  • Encourages socialization and cooperation
  • Promotes hands-on learning
  • Nurtures teamwork and respect
  • Promotes concentration and patience
  • Builds confidence, self-esteem, and autonomy
  • Embraces diversity

Benefits for Parents/Caregivers

  • Knowledge that your child is participating in a curriculum program aligned with the highest quality standards in early childhood education.
  • Built-in family engagement to keep you involved in your child’s learning. You will receive a monthly Family Newsletter that includes ideas to build upon the themes and concepts introduced, songs, a recipe, character development, and a few book suggestions. Consider gathering some of the suggested book titles to supplement the program. Additional materials available include calendars, blog articles, and music playlists.
  • Exceptionally prepared teachers are able to spend more time each day interacting with children and less time prepping and planning.

What Will My Child Learn?

Each Buttercups curriculum kit covers a two – month time frame— Sept / Oct, Nov / Dec, Jan / Feb, Mar / Apr, May / June, and July / Aug.Each kit includes four themes, with each theme lasting about two weeks.Your child ‘s teacher / child care provider can choose from a variety of activities and materials to promote and enhance growth in the following developmental areas:

  • Language/Literacy: Children develop skills in both listening and communicating and build a foundation for later reading and writing. Activities include songs, rhymes, fingerplays, reading picture books, and more
  • Physical/Health: Activities promote wellness and allow children to grow in using both small and large muscles. Playdough, water play, vigorous outdoor play, healthy snack ideas, and more are offered.
  • Science/Math/Creative Arts: Children are encouraged to enjoy and explore a variety of art materials, investigate their world, and begin to engage in symbolic thinking. Activities include pretend play, sensory exploration, experimentation, self-expression, and more.
  • Social/Emotional: Experiences are planned to help children develop relationships with adults and other children, learn more about themselves, recognize and express feelings, and begin to demonstrate self-regulation.
  • Social Studies: Predictable routines and age-appropriate rules bring order to children’s lives. Children will learn about their families, their child care setting, and the local culture and community.
  • Approaches to Learning: Opportunities to build skills in this area are woven throughout all of the curriculum activities. Such activities focus on building memory and promoting curiosity, persistence, and problem-solving—skills that are critical for lifelong learning!